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Jurgen Willocx
Creating Highlight buttons
on Apr 27, 2009 at 2:20:28 pm

Hello, who can help me,

I've created a menu and backgound in PS. When I import the file into Adobe Encore the highlight effect is messed up. You can find a printscreen of the backgound, the layer structure and the encore preview in this links.

http://i40.tinypic.com/zo74lx.jpg

http://i44.tinypic.com/wvsgf8.jpg

http://i40.tinypic.com/x4ly68.jpg

What went wrong?

An additional question...

Is it possible (with encore) to slide the boy with the text balloon from them right side and slide back after X seconds?




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Jeff Bellune
Re: Creating Highlight buttons
on Apr 27, 2009 at 4:15:11 pm

Subpicture highlights are 2-bit, 4-color overlays. They can't have anti-aliasing, gradients, drop shadows or any other effects.

You need After Effects, Premiere Pro or any other editing application to animate the boy with the text balloon. Then use the output as a video background for the menu.

-Jeff

The Focal Easy Guide to Adobe Encore DVD 2.0


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Jon Geddes
Re: Creating Highlight buttons
on Apr 28, 2009 at 4:18:21 am

If you can, separate the colors of the button highlight into different layers. For instance, all the orange in the tv will be on a layer named '(=1)Orange Highlight', all the black will be on a layer named '(=2)Black Highlight', and all the gray will be on a layer named '(=3)Gray Highlight. Then go into the 'Edit Menu Color Set'in Encore, create a new color set, and adjust the colors to your liking.

Jon Geddes
Motion Graphics Designer
http://www.precomposed.com


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Jurgen Willocx
Re: Creating Highlight buttons
on Apr 28, 2009 at 12:10:03 pm

What a limitation those 4bits colors. I've dropped the TV and gradient. But now the highlighted orange text is pixelated...Can I do somethins about that?

http://i43.tinypic.com/avhk7m.jpg


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Joe Bowden
Re: Creating Highlight buttons
on Apr 28, 2009 at 3:12:31 pm

The first thing to consider is using a text highlight at all. They nearly always don't look very good. But as you can see, a straight line renders out OK as a highlight.

If you really must have a text highlight, consider using a simpler font. Simple sans-serif fonts will look better with a button highlight than more complex fonts.

If you really must use that particular font, then consider creating two subpicture layers: a stroked subpicture layer and another subpicture layer for the inner part of the stroke. Set the color of the stroke to a color close to your menu background color, with less opacity than the inner part of the stroke.

If that still doesn't give you what you want, consider using a layered menu (which must be built by hand in Encore with buttons set to auto-activate that link to duplicate menus that have the "highlight" you want with no subpicture layer restrictions on colors/opacities). But the caveat is this is a lot of manual work linking all the menus, and that these menus will not behave as expected in a software DVD: you must click the button to advance to the next menu showing your button state.

Myself, I tend to go for the simplest option, which is what you'll find on most Hollywood DVDs.



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